10 years after he disappeared, Iowa man is found dead at vacant store where he used to work: Police

first_imgaijohn784/iStock(COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa) — Ten years after an Iowa man mysteriously disappeared, his body was discovered wedged behind a cooler in a vacant grocery store where he used to work, police said.In 2009, Larry Ely Murillo-Moncada was a 25-year-old working at a No Frills Supermarket store in Council Bluffs,Iowa, said Council Bluffs police officials.On Nov. 28, 2009, Murillo-Moncada’s parents reported him missing, telling authorities that their son “became upset and ran out of their home,” said police.He was never seen alive again.A decade later, on Jan. 24, 2019, crews were removing shelving and coolers at the now-vacant grocery store and discovered a body, said police.Last week Council Bluffs police learned from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation that the body was identified as Murillo-Moncada, police officials announced Monday.Investigators believe Murillo-Moncada left home, went to the grocery store, climbed on the coolers, and then fell into a roughly 18-inch gap between the back of the cooler and the wall and became trapped, said police.The death has been classified as accidental, police said. His autopsy indicates no signs of trauma, said police.Former employees said it was common for workers to be on top of the grocery store’s coolers because the space was used for storage, according to police.The grocery store closed in 2016, according to Omaha ABC affiliate KETV.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

22 ‘Admiral Semmes’

first_imgBy Gary WadeUniversity of GeorgiaYellow is an eye-catching color in the landscape. It’s seldom seen in flowering shrubs. However, Admiral Semmes azalea (Rhododendron ‘Admiral Semmes’) not only has vibrant yellow flowers but is pleasantly fragrant, heat-tolerant and mildew-resistant, too. These outstanding qualities easily earned this golden beauty a place in the Georgia Gold Medal winners’ circle in 2007 as the year’s best shrub.Admiral Semmes azalea is the result of a hybrid cross between a large-flowered Exbury azalea called “Hotspur Yellow” and the native Florida azalea, Rhododendron austrinum.It was introduced by Dodd and Dodd Nurseries in Semmes, Ala., and named after Confederate Admiral Raphael Semmes, whose record of 87 ships sunk or captured remains unbroken today.This fascinating azalea is hardy throughout Georgia and the Southeast. It can take temperatures as low as minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s deciduous, so it’s best to use it behind other plants in a perennial border, where it fades into the background in the winter.Spectacular showIn early May, Admiral Semmes azalea’s vibrant yellow flowers appear before its foliage, providing a spectacular show. The tubular, medium-yellow flowers are borne in terminal clusters on the previous season’s growth. Its leaves are lustrous, dark green in the summer and turn orange-bronze in the fall.Admiral Semmes azalea looks terrific when you plant it next to other Georgia Gold Medal winners like Blue Anise sage (1995) or one of the burgundy loropetalums (1997).As with other azaleas, the partial shade of tall trees overhead is the ideal place for your new, yellow azalea. It will adapt to full-sun sites, though. You just need to water it during times when it isn’t raining enough.Admiral Semmes azaleas grow best in moist, well-drained, organic soils with a pH range from 4.5 to 6.0. “Well-drained” is the key. Planting it in places that don’t drain well is a sure death sentence.When you give it good growing conditions, Admiral Semmes azalea will reach 4 to 5 feet tall and equally wide after about 10 years. Prune it to shape it soon after it flowers each year.It doesn’t need a lot of feeding. A well-drained soil rich with organic matter is more important than fertilizer. Lightly apply an azalea-camellia type of fertilizer in the spring. That should be all the plant needs to thrive in your landscape.(Gary Wade is a Cooperative Extension horticulturist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) Volume XXXIINumber 1Page 22last_img read more

Khelo India Youth Games will produce Olympic medals in future: Borgohain

first_imgLast Updated: 22nd December, 2019 16:54 IST Khelo India Youth Games Will Produce Olympic Medals In Future: Borgohain Two-time World Championships bronze medallist boxer Lovlina Borgohain said that the Khelo India Youth Games will produce Olympic medallists in the future LIVE TV Press Trust Of India COMMENT “I am preparing for Olympic qualification at the moment. I came from a village and started training at an SAI centre. I am happy with the way my career has shaped up so far. I want to book a berth in the 2020 Olympics and win a medal for India,” said Borgohain. “The Khelo India Youth Games is a big tournament. There was no such tournament before. It’s a great platform for athletes. No talent can be hidden now. Everyone can showcase their talent. This is a great opportunity for all athletes. The Khelo India Youth Games provides great exposure for upcoming athletes,” said Borgohain. READ | Anthony Joshua Makes It Clear That He Is Ready To Fight Deontay WilderThe Assam athlete has won gold at India Open in 2018, a bronze medal each in the 2018 World Championships and 2019 World Championships in the Welterweight category.  She clinched bronze in the 2017 Asian Championships as well. Borgohain, who finished at the quarter-finals of the Commonwealth Games last year, is currently preparing to clinch a berth at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Written By READ | India’s Para-athletes Soar Past Administrative Turmoil In Record-breaking 2019The CEO of the Games Avinash Joshi said the preparations will be finished by December 31.  “We are hoping for all the infrastructure to be ready before the next year commences. We will divide the entire work into seven-eight groups and ensure that all the preparations are carried out simultaneously,” said Joshi, who is Principal Secretary of Sports and Youth Welfare Department, Government of Assam. Around 6,800 athletes are expected to participate in the third edition of the Khelo India Youth Games. The athletes will take part in 20 sports with lawn ball and cycling being the new additions.READ | Year Of Many Firsts For Sathiyan As He Takes Over The Mantle From Sharath WATCH US LIVE First Published: 22nd December, 2019 16:54 IST “It’s very big for Assam to host the Khelo India Youth Games. It’s an honour for the state. There will be a lot of athletes who will win medals at the 2024 Olympics because of the Khelo India Youth Games,” said the 22-year-old. SUBSCRIBE TO US Two-time World Championships bronze medallist boxer Lovlina Borgohain said that the Khelo India Youth Games will produce Olympic medallists in the future. Borgohain said the Khelo India Youth Games, to be held here from January 10 to 22, is an excellent platform for athletes to showcase their talent.READ | When Conor McGregor And Ronda Rousey Gave An Epic Staredown In Intense Face-off FOLLOW USlast_img read more

South Africa’s Public Protector

first_imgThe Public Protector was set up in terms of South Africa’s Constitution to investigate complaints against government agencies or officials.The Public Protector is subject only to the Constitution and the law and is independent of government and any political party. Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane is South Africa’s fourth Public Protector since October 2016. (Image: Public Protector, Facebook)Here’s a comprehensive guide to how the process works, who and what the Public Protector can investigate, and how to lay a complaint.The Public Protector receives and investigates complaints from the public against government agencies or officials, and has the power to recommend corrective action and to issue reports.The Public Protector’s services are free and available to all and, if you lay a complaint, your name will so far as possible be kept confidential.The Public Protector is appointed by the President, on the recommendation of the National Assembly, in terms of the Constitution, for a non-renewable period of seven years.Website: http://www.pprotect.org/The Public Protector is subject only to the Constitution and the law and is independent of government and any political party. No person or organ of state may interfere with the functioning of the Public Protector’s office.How does the Public Protector work?Anyone can complain to the Public Protector, who will then investigate the complaint. Think of the Public Protector as a referee who can look at all sides of a problem. If the Public Protector finds that your complaint is justified, he/she will do whatever possible to find a solution to the problem, which includes recommending changes to the system.The Public Protector can also report the matter to Parliament, which will debate the matter and see to it that the recommendations are followed.Investigations are mostly done informally, but the Public Protector can summons people to give evidence under oath or affirmation when this becomes necessary.Complainants should not fear being victimized for “blowing the whistle” on corrupt or improper practices.All information that comes to Public Protector – including the identity of complainants and their sources of information – is treated as confidential.Who can the Public Protector investigate?The Public Protector is independent of government or political parties and can investigate:Government at any level. This includes central and provincial government, state departments and local authorities.Any person performing a public function. This includes anyone performing any official duty which affects South Africans, for example a state employee such as a policeman or an electoral officer.Corporations or companies where the state is involved, for example Eskom and Telkom.Statutory councils, for example the Human Sciences Research Council or the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.What can the Public Protector investigate?The Public Protector is tasked with investigating improper prejudice suffered by the complainant or another person, for example as a result of:Abuse of power.Unfair, capricious, discourteous or other improper conduct.Undue delay.The violation of a human right.Any other decision taken, or situation brought about, by the authorities.Maladministration.Dishonesty or improper dealings with respect to public money.Improper enrichment.Receipt of improper advantage.What won’t the Public Protector investigate?Complaints outside of the Public Protector’s mandate include:Judgments by judges and magistrates, including sentences imposed by them.Private acts by individuals.Private companies.Doctors or lawyers who are not working for the state.However, the staff of the Public Protector can help by telling you where to complain or what to do in such cases.In certain cases the Public Protector may refer you to a court of law where going to court is the best way to deal with the problem. Since the Public Protector does not act as anyone’s legal representative, you will be referred to a lawyer if the matter must go to court.How do I lay a complaint?Should your complaint be about prejudice, you should try to solve the problem yourself before complaining to the Public Protector, for example by:Speaking to the official(s) involved; or, if that does not helpWriting to the person in charge of the official(s), for example the head of the department, or the chief executive director, or the town clerk.You could also consider approaching your Member of the National or Provincial Parliament. Only then, if you are still unable to solve the problem, should you make a submission to the Public Protector. You can do this by:Toll free line: 0800 11 20 40Customer service line: (012) 366-7142Email: [email protected] in an online formThe following information should be contained in your submission:The nature of your complaint.The background to your complaint.Reasons why you feel your complaint should be investigated by the Public Protector.Steps you have taken to solve the problem yourself (if applicable). You should mention names of the officials you have been dealing with, on what dates, and what was said. Copies of any correspondence between you and the officials should be attached to your letter.A telephone number where you can be contacted, if you have one.In some instances the Public Protector may require a statement under oath before investigating.If you are unsure whether your problem is something the Public Protector will investigate, or if you cannot write, you can phone the Public Protector’s office on 0800 11 20 40 (toll free), or visit http://www.pprotect.org/ for other numbers. There are trained professional staff members who will listen to your complaint, big or small, and conduct investigations.In some cases the staff can help people to find quick solutions to their problems. The staff can also tell you where to complain if the Public Protector cannot help you.You could also visit the office for an interview or a consultation, if you prefer. It is better to write first and ask for an interview in the letter.Who is South Africa’s Public Protector?Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane became South Africa’s fourth Public Protector in October 2016. She was appointed by President Jacob Zuma, after being recommended by a special parliamentary committee.Mkhwebane is an advocate of the high court and a specialist in refugee and immigration law. She has held positions in the Department of Home Affairs and the South African embassy in the Republic of China. She previously also worked in the Office of the Public Protector as a senior investigator and an acting provincial director for Gauteng. Mkhwebane was also a senior researcher at the South African Human Rights Commission.Mkhwebane replaced Advocate Thulisile Madonsela, who completed her term in October 2016. Madonsela replaced Advocate Lawrence Mushwana, who completed his seven-year term as Public Protector on 16 October 2009. South Africa’s first Public Protector, Advocate Selby Baqwa, served from 1995 to 2002.Updated October 2016Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Killer Marketing Plan For Startup Entrepreneurs

first_imgMark Sands, co-founder of High Risk Merchant Account LLC, enjoys writing onsmall business and entrepreneurial advise for start-up entrepreneurs. Visit us online at https://hrma-llc.com Facebook:This is the powerhouse of social media. This means you will likely find all audience-types on the platform. But you are not in business for everyone, so you must determine where you can find your targets and reach out to them.Instagram:This is a great tool for native advertisement purposes. Since the algorithm is optimized for valuable content, you will likely gain natural following of your target audience if you provide top quality content.Twitter:Twitter is another top notch social media channel. However, consistency is required to gain and maintain your audience. The ultimate goal though, should be to provide content that is relevant to your audience.To improve your chances of reaching even more people, you can run a sponsored ad with a little budget.You much evaluate and test each channel of social media in order to know which channel your customers feel comfortable with and how they relate to the social media channel. To add extra sweetener — you can invest a few bucks on a sponsored campaign. You can rest assured you will achieve results sooner rather than later.5. Build a referral network.Word of mouth advertising is one of the most powerful forms of advertisements, especially for small businesses. Since people make purchases based on trust and credibility, you can take advantage of their network and get a referral.Getting a referral involves a two-step process.First step:You must deliver top quality results for your clients. During this process, ensure you keep the communication lines open so you can keep them engaged throughout the course of the transaction.Second step:Ask for feedbacks. Transparency is a very important quality especially for startups. Even if something goes wrong, asking for feedbacks is a great way to learn the personalities of your clients, and how satisfied they are.Build upon these comments for the future. Whether a feedback is positive or negative — your startup will enjoy from engaging with users. A negative feedback offers you an opportunity to learn areas that require improvement while a positive feedback helps to build your referral network.Be thankful for your customers’ connection with you.If a client is satisfied with your service — you can also let such one know that you also enjoyed working with them. Let your clients know that you will be looking forward to future engagements with them.If they do not have a need for your service at the time, you can politely inquire if they know anyone who would like your offerings. Even if this doesn’t lead to a prospect right away, you can rest assured the client will keep you in mind if anything comes up in future.6. Cultivate relationships with influencers.Influencers are just as important as your customers. They are the people your target audience listens to on a daily basis. You may wish to include hosts of YouTube channels and radio or TV personalities on your site.If your target prospect is paying attention to these influencers — you must reach out to them and leverage their exposure. All of these efforts will benefit your startup.Call or send emails to your influencers. Offer free products or services — you will most likely need to get creative. Reach out to these influencers. A mention from any influencer can propel your business startup from literally nothing — to a credible and legitimate force.7. Emotional advertisements.A number of studies have revealed that emotional advertisement outsells logic. In making brand decisions, people rely on their emotions rather than just information. The emotional response to ads has proven to be more influential on the decision making and purchasing intent of a person.Unruly — a platform that ranks successful viral ads each year — discovered in 2015 that the most shared ads relied heavily on emotional awareness. Relating to friendship, happiness, warmth, and inspiration — they killed it with emotion.How can a business drive connection with its target audience through emotional content? Tags:#marketing#Marketing Plan For Startups#startups Mark SandsHigh Risk Merchant Account LLC How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts Why break the bank for your marketing needs when you can brainstorm your way to a killer marketing plan? The best marketing ideas come simple and cheap but these ideas do not come out of the blue.Your actual business plan will require an out-of-the-box, innovative thought process. You’ll want to get your marketing wheels spinning. Always remember, building your brand is a perpetual process, so get into the right mindset from day one.Here are seven successful marketing tips that can help you establish a solid framework and platform.These seven tips can move you forward in every entrepreneur’s journey to success.1. Define your end goal.Just as it is practically impossible to embark on a road trip without deciding on a destination and determining your reason for the trip — it is only ideal that you define your marketing and business goals.Do you relate with your target prospects on social media?Ask yourself, how do you plan to increase the number of followers on your profile? How do you plan to generate traffic for your website? How will you  be reaching out to leads/prospects. What is your plan to converting them into customers. Your company will require a well-defined approach with specific objectives.What goals do you hope to accomplish? In two years? Where will you be in five years? When you have an end goal, you can now start using landmarks. You will now be utilizing marketing strategies that can help you reach your destination.2. Maintain a consistent brand and message.The importance of consistency in the brand and message of startups cannot be overemphasized. It is often a school of thought that consistency and discipline is only important for the biggest enterprises.While your startup will definitely under-go  minor changes over time — consistency is key. to as it This process will help the minds of your target audience.3. Determine your target audience.What can you possibly achieve without the right prospects? No matter how great of a marketing plan, product, or service you have in place, customers are crucial to the success of your small business. But who are these customers?Obviously, you won’t cater to the needs of everyone. It is important that you define your target customers so you can structure your marketing strategy to meet their needs.How can you determine your target audience? This can be a pretty tough puzzle to solve but you can soar with these three ideas:Identify the basic demographics of your target prospects such as their gender, age, and location.Learn how to relate with your audience by analyzing their personalities and/or shopping behavior.Establish your brand’s message following your research.These suggestions will help you hone in on your specific audience. You will be better able to determine their needs and structure your offerings to satisfy them.4. Find the social channel for your startup.Many startups recognize the power of affordable social media marketing. However, only few understand the need use the right channels.Each social media channel serves different personalities and audience. Certain audiences engage with each channel differently, so it’s up to you to determine what works best for your startup.Some of the channels and their behaviors include: AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… Happiness:Positive posts that create an atmosphere encouraging smiling, laughing, and generally happy customers will definitely increase user engagement.Coca-Cola is an example of a brand that leveraged emotional content to reach its target customers. With tag-lines such as “Open Happiness” and Taste the Feeling.” The brand has been able to connect with its customers by focusing on the happy photos of people engaging one another.Fear/Surprise:Fear is a built-in human instinct that triggers reactions to threats and helps to boost our chance of survival. It creates a sense of urgency that prompts us to act, to effect a change, or for the purpose of this article.Purchase an item that will prevent catastrophic events in one’s life. Lots of scare-driven tactics are employed in commercials to prevent cigarette smoking and drunk driving.However, caution must be exercised while using this strategy to avoid displaying disturbing ads to viewers. Creating anticipation while passing an emotional message can prove especially effective for startups.Anger:Although anger is a negative emotion, it can also wake the emotions of people and spur them to action. Frustration and disgust can cause people to ask important questions.While ads that promote negative emotions are less common, a study discovered that integrating anticipation and surprise into the content led to huge successes for such brands.Create ads that take your viewers aback and cause them to ask important questions. Emotional content can be especially helpful to connect directly with your target audience.8. Assemble the right team.Individual talents and skills are important qualities for any business. However, teamwork kicks it up a notch. To develop an effective marketing plan, you need to have the right team.This means having individuals with varying strengths and skills who come together for a common goal: to complement each other for the overall growth of the company. Maybe consider hiring a professional marketing team on a contractor basis.When building a team, consider a few factors:Identify the roles you need to fill to achieve your end goals.Determine whether you would need individuals to work on a contract basis.Interview each candidate for their strengths, skills, and experience.Conduct assessments regularly for members of your team.Since resources may be limited for a small startup, the suggestions above may prove challenging. But you can try out other alternatives.Is your partner a great social media expert? Do you have an intern who is a coding whiz? Use the resources available until you are gradually able to expand your team.Closing thoughts.As mentioned earlier, creating a killer marketing plan does not necessarily cost lots of money. All that is required is your time, effort, and creativity.Let you focus be on providing unique solutions. By being creative with your service, you will soon find your target customers opening up their wallets for you. Your customers will help you make the success of your startup. China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who …last_img read more

Farmers to Get 50,000 Blue Mountain Coffee Seedlings

first_imgOver 50,000 blue mountain coffee seedlings (tipica) are to be distributed to farmers in East Rural St. Andrew, under a joint project with the Embassy of Japan called the Enhancement of Production of Blue Mountain Coffee.This was disclosed by Member of Parliament for East Rural St. Andrew and wife of the Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Juliet Holness, during her contribution to the 2017/18 Constituency Debate in the House of Representatives on November 7.“We want to ensure that we have the best coffee and we maintain it and the tipica variety is the best there is, so we want to expand that. Our goal is to increase productivity,” Mrs. Holness said.In addition, the Member of Parliament said for the first time, the constituency will launch its inaugural coffee industry symposium, which is aimed at engaging all stakeholders, including adjoining coffee-producing constituencies.“We are coming together to ensure that we preserve and protect the Jamaican coffee industry. We will explore methods of increasing the productivity of farmers, as well as exposing them to business opportunities and concepts, while we remind them that coffee prices are not set by the Government, but are influenced totally by supply and demand,” Mrs. Holness explained.Meanwhile, Mrs. Holness thanked the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries for its programme, where registered coffee farmers are to benefit from an $80 million initiative that is expected to improve and increase their yields over time.The project will focus on training; the purchase of inputs, such as fertilisers and fungicides, and tools.last_img read more

Railway drive to check touts

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to stop touts posing as travel agents and issuing fake tickets, the Eastern Railway has launched has launched a special drive named Mission Takal-07 in Howrah Division a month ahead of Durga Puja.Eastern Railway’s RPF has launched a special drive on Tuesday. A team of 12 RPF personnel, in coordination with Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), nabbed touts involved in e-ticketing scam or selling tickets illegally. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe RPF personnel raided 14 different areas covering the entire Howrah Division viz Ambika Kalna, Azimganj, Barddhaman, two locations at Nalikul (Bus stand & Railway station), Tarakeswar, Bally, Chandanpur, Kuntighat, Raghunathpur, Salkia, Pakur and two locations at Howrah area. During such intensive raids, 15 persons were arrested and 238 tickets worth Rs 3, 79,771 lakh approximately were seized. It might be mentioned that the fake user IDs were generated to book these tickets in an unauthorized manner only for the business purpose. During this operation, articles and equipment used for e- touting were seized by the RPF teams and arrested persons are booked under section 143 of Railways Act. Raids were also conducted at Jamalpur, Bhagalpur, Sahibganj and Malda. As many as 788 cases were detected with realization of Rs 3,51,278 as fare and fine.last_img read more

Free weekly hula hoop fitness class in Poway

first_img June 5, 2019 Updated: 1:00 PM Elizabeth Alvarez, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsPOWAY (KUSI) – A free weekly fitness class is being offered in Poway but it’s not your typical exercise class. Its called hula hoop fitness.The founder of Holistic Hoop Fitness Plus, Julie Clemmons, puts on a free class every Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Poway library.Clemmons says the experience goes beyond fitness.  In many cases she says it is therapeutic. She found it is even helping people with special needs as they too are able to hula hoop in some form. Clemmons makes all of the hula hoops used during the class. She also sells them.Having been so affected by the synagogue shooting, Clemmons says she wants to contribute a portion of her hula hoop sales the Friendship Circle, the nonprofit that was established by Lori Kaye, the victim of the synagogue shooting.The free hoop fitness class happens every Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Poway library. For more information email [email protected]  or call 858-442-6391. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img Elizabeth Alvarez Posted: June 5, 2019 Free weekly hula hoop fitness class in Powaylast_img read more